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Glass: Monsters of Grace

Album Summary

>Glass, Philip : Monsters of Grace
Performers Conductor Ensemble
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Notes & Reviews:

"Glass' orchestration convincingly incorporates a Middle Eastern sound in its imitation of string and wind instruments of the region, giving [Monsters of Grace] a regional specificity that's not present in the "character" operas of his trilogy...His setting of "Like This," one of Rumi's most celebrated poems, is entirely graceful, transcendently lovely, and profound. It's the most conventionally "Glassian" music in the opera, and easily the musical high point; it's also proof that the expressive possibilities of the composer's trademark idiom are far from exhausted... The release fills a major gap in the recorded account of Glass' work. The album should be of interest to any fans of minimalism, and the depth and subtlety of "Like This" are powerful enough to make the composer's most skeptical critics reevaluate their prejudices." -All Music Guide


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>Glass, Philip : Monsters of Grace
  • Performers: Marie Mascari (Soprano); Alexandra Montano (Mezzo Soprano); Gregory Purnhagen (Baritone); Peter Stewart (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Michael Riesman
  • Running Time: 13 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1997